Headscratchers: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Isidore briefly wonders how Buster Friendly can produce 46 hours altogether of programming each day, and Hannibal Sloat has realised how, but doesn't anybody else find it... odd?
but anyone who watches Discovery Channel or any other satellite channel will be familiar with the practice of expanding 3 or 4 hours actual content into 24 hours a day transmission by repeats, trailers, flashbacks etc.
The Truman Show plays with this at some length.
it isn't actually stated that the Buster Friendly Show consists of continuous live transmission. Considering the impossibility of watching TV 23 hours a day, and the stated context that most of the audience are mentally deficient, it isn't really difficult to envisage what Buster Friendly must be like to watch.
Except that Isidore states that neither show repeats and all content is new for both programs simultaneously. He may be incorrect in that assumption, but we're never given reason to doubt it. Additionally, Buster Friendly is broadcast to the colonies, where the population is not mentally deficient.
The title. "Do androids dream of electric sheep?" No. They count electric sheep when they're not getting sleep.